"Tom's Diner [DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega]" as written by and Suzanne Vega....
I am sitting
In the morning
At the diner
On the corner

I am waiting
At the counter
For the man
To pour the coffee

And he fills it
Only halfway
And before
I even argue

He is looking
Out the window
At somebody
Coming in

"It is always
Nice to see you"
Says the man
Behind the counter

To the woman
Who has come in
She is shaking
Her umbrella

And I look
The other way
As they are kissing
Their hellos

I'm pretending
Not to see them
And Instead
I pour the milk

I open
Up the paper
There's a story
Of an actor

Who had died
While he was drinking
He was no one
I had heard of

And I'm turning
To the horoscope
And looking
For the funnies

When I'm feeling
Someone watching me
And so
I raise my head

There's a woman
On the outside
Looking inside
Does she see me?

No she does not
Really see me
Cause she sees
Her own reflection

And I'm trying
Not to notice
That she's hitching
Up her skirt

And while she's
Straightening her stockings
Her hair
Is getting wet

Oh, this rain
It will continue
Through the morning
As I'm listening

To the bells
Of the cathedral
I am thinking
Of your voice

And of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time
Before the rain began

I finish up my coffee
It's time to catch the train

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"Tom's Diner" as written by Suzanne Vega

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    My Interpretationi read the song as a description of a woman's thoughts the morning after she broke up with her partner. she is trying not to think about him, but is reminded by the waiter kissing a customer hello. she tries to distract herself with the newspaper but everything is meaningless and cannot really keep her mind off the break-up.
    since the newspaper doesn't work, she watches people and sees a woman adjusting her stockings in a provacative way, which possibly reminds her again, this time of a rival or maybe lover of her ex.

    finally it's time to leave for work and she gives up on trying to avoid thinking about him and just surrenders to the memories.
    Katrussaon May 20, 2013   Link

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